I’m the biggest fan of a day spent in my pyjamas. Feet up on the sofa, laptop on my… lap. Cups of tea, television and comfort food. Chatting with my friend and colleague Lex, we realised (and I’m almost ashamed to say) that I have lived next door to Epping Forest for the last 7 years and have never been. So we put a date in the diary to go explore.
Now I kid you not, on the morning, I kinda hoped Lex would bail on me so I had an excuse not to get dressed. But Lex isn’t that kinda friend so before I knew it, I was running to catch a bus to Loughton station to meet her. I was so intrigued; as far as I was concerned the station was the door to the high street full of coffee shops, a couple bars and the supermarkets. But just off one road… up a hill… some chatting…
In the few hours that we were out, I learnt so much more about the great outdoors! I spotted crab apples, ate wild blackberries, sucked nettle nectar, foraged for eating apples (took a stash home), kicked leaves, threw leaves, sang songs…
When we started out, it was unusually warm although very windy. Then, how embarrassing when I sync my fitness tracker and it basically says “CONGRATS!! THIS IS YOUR MOST ACTIVE SUNDAY EVER!!!” …hahahaha! I have plans to go back (mainly to cut some holly for Christmas!) and to enjoy all the fresh air, grass & mud on my own doorstep!
To INSPIRE YOU to get active as the days get shorter and colder, Ordnance Survey (OS) Maps have given me a 12 month subscription to giveaway to one lucky person as part of my weekly advent feature in the lead up to Christmas! …I know …THIS (below) is how happy I am!
[CLOSED] Entries are via the rafflecopter widget below! I can’t wait to discover some of your favourite places to explore on foot (be it running or walking) or on your bike!
BEST OF LUCK!
See you on the trails!